A Croatian soccer player who was given a yellow card for diving, was actually in the midst of a fatal heart attack.
Concerned Soccer Fans
According to Eurosport, Goran Tunjic, a 32-year-old defender playing for the Mladost FC, collapsed in the 35th minute of the County League match against Hrvatski Sokola, prompting the referee to approach the player with a yellow card in his hand.
Tragically, however, the player had suffered a fatal heart attack.
The official quickly realised what had happened and called for medical aid, but Tunjic died despite being rushed to a nearby hospital.
“Doctors tried to help him but there was nothing they could do,” a club spokesman said of the player, who had no previous medical problems.
“He just fell dead on the spot.”
“Diving” for a foul is, unfortunately, a regular occurrence in soccer and referees across the globe are cracking down on that with yellow card bookings. It is tragic and unfortunate, however, that this referee happened to be on the way to doing this during such a sad and unlikely incident.
Few people would argue that while playing a soccer game on a perfect sunny day with a freshly manicured pitch is ideal; playing in the rain and sliding along the mud covered ground can also be a whole lot of fun. One word to the wise though, if you hear thunder, it’s time to call it a match and go home. Just ask Habbib Kaddir who was present when two men, one who was was carrying a metal chair, were struck by lightning.
“It just happened, it was amazing,” said Kaddir. “We just looked back and we saw one guy go down and another guy a little bit, hunching down, so we ran straight to him,” he said.
One of the men was conscious, but numb below the waist, while the other was unconscious and did not have a pulse. Kaddir, a certified EMT, performed CPR for twenty minutes until the paramedics arrived and took the man to the hospital. He was unconscious, but still alive upon arrival.
Two simple lessons (for those of you who enjoy a good long slide tackle in the mud) are these:
1. While there is only a 1-in-6,250 chance that you will be struck by lightning, you can dramatically improve those odds by laying off of pickup games and soccer practice during a thunderstorm. Just check your local weather report, and if it says “thunderstorm”, stay home. You can always wait for another day to play in the mud.
2. If you really want to watch a game in the rain, bring a plastic chair.